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Door opens for Arsenal and City to land Jovetic

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July 3, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Stevan Jovetic is a striker in demand © PA Photos
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Juventus' poor relationship with Serie A rivals Fiorentina could prove a major barrier to the signing of striker Stevan Jovetic, according to Juve's director general Giuseppe Marotta.

The Italian champions are among a host of clubs currently vying for the in-demand Jovetic, with Arsenal and Manchester City appearing to be more favoured destinations for the 23-year-old.

Although Juve will continue their pursuit of the Montenegro international, Moratta suggested the club should look elsewhere to bolster their strike force, with Fiorentina showing few signs of agreeing to a deal.

"A lot has been said about Jovetic but difficulties in our relationship has made any deal difficult," Moratta told Juve's official website. "At the moment I don't think it will be possible, but a lot could happen between now and the beginning of September."

A target that looks closer to completing a move to the Juventus Stadium is Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, with Moratta confirming talks with the Old Lady's city rivals.

"Ogbonna is a target, we've never disguised that fact," he added. "We have a great desire to bring him here and we're in talks with (Torino president Urbano) Cairo, we'll see what happens at the end.

"The coach's preference, and ours, is to have the squad decided before the summer training camp starts, but we know the transfer market is difficult and that bartering has become more and more important. Juventus start with the assumption that the squad has been competitive enough to win two league titles in a row. And with Llorente and Tevez we have reinforced further."

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